a date which will live in infamy

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The quotation comes from Infamy Speech - Wikipedia

Quotation: The Infamy Speech was a speech delivered by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Empire of Japan's attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the Japanese declaration of war on the United States and the British Empire. The name derives from the first line of the speech: Roosevelt describing the previous day as "a date which will live in infamy". The speech is also commonly referred to as the "Pearl Harbor Speech."
Hi everyone! Does the bold part mean "the date will be a disgrace to America"?
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    On the contrary: the date commemorates an infamous crime by Japan. It is therefore a disgrace to Japan (although "disgrace" is not part of the meaning of infamy.)
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